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Queer: A Graphic History

Queer: A Graphic History

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Activist-academic Meg-John Barker and cartoonist Jules Scheele illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action in this groundbreaking non-fiction graphic novel.

From identity politics and gender roles to privilege and exclusion, Queer explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do; how these ideas get tangled up with our culture and our understanding of biology, psychology and sexology; and how these views have been disputed and challenged.

Along the way we look at key landmarks which shift our perspective of what’s ‘normal’ – Alfred Kinsey’s view of sexuality as a spectrum, Judith Butler’s view of gendered behavior as a performance, the play Wicked, or moments in Casino Royale when we’re invited to view James Bond with the kind of desiring gaze usually directed at female bodies in mainstream media.

Presented in a brilliantly engaging and witty style, this is a unique portrait of the universe of queer thinking.

About the Author

Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including Queer: A Graphic HistoryGender: A Graphic GuideHow To Understand Your GenderLife Isn’t BinaryEnjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To)Rewriting the RulesThe Psychology of Sex, and The Secrets of Enduring Love. They have also written a number of books for scholars and counsellors on these topics, drawing on their own research and therapeutic practice. Websites:, Twitter: @megjohnbarker, Instagram: @meg_john_barker.

Jules Scheele is an illustrator, graphic facilitator and comic book artist. Jules runs One Beat Zines, a feminist zine collective and distributor. @julesscheele

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Icon Books; Illustrated edition (November 15, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1785780719
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1785780714
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 16 years and up
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 1270L
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.28 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
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